John M. White of Ventura is a painter, sculptor and performance artist. He has been exhibiting publicly for more than 40 years. Culturally, politically and aesthetically influenced by the late '60s, White’s work exemplifies this period of redefinition and experimentation.
Considered one of the seminal California performance artists, White has staged hundreds of public performances since 1967. His monthly performance art series 5x5x5 takes place each First Friday in Ventura at the Namba Performing Arts Space, with a summer hiatus. It is now approaching its 16th season.
His work is included in numerous museum collections, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum in New York, La Foret Museum in Tokyo, Total Museum in Korea, and others. He is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants.
The multi-talented artist taught sculpture and had seven solo shows from 2014-2018. During this time, White’s work was also featured in a traveling exhibit of paintings in Hungary, Poland and Yugoslavia. He was also a featured artist in the Pacific Standard Time series sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Foundation in 2016.
Locally his work has been shown at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and at the Vita Art Center, 643 Project Space, Art City Gallery, and the E.P. Foster Library in Ventura.
This year White was named the Artist of Distinction for the 25th Anniversary of Ventura’s ArtWalk.